Chris Bosh
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Following a nearly three-year period where his career was halted over blood-clot issues, the Miami Heat officially waived Chris Bosh on Tuesday (July 4), reports ESPN.

The report says that the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA agreed on a one-time deal last month that allowed Bosh to be permanently removed from the Heat’s salary cap, while also allowing him the option of someday returning to his career.

Under the rules, had Bosh been able to successfully return, the Heat may have had to include Bosh’s salary to their books.

While Bosh will become a free agent, he will still have to be cleared to play by a team doctor. Last fall, Miami Heat doctors declared that he was unfit to return.

However, the Miami Heat say they plan to retire Bosh’s No. 1 jersey. “We can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters,” team president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise.”

Bosh has played in 13 NBA seasons — seven in Toronto and the rest in Miami. He also helped the Heat win two championships — alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade — in 2012 and 2013.

His future as a player remains uncertain.